June 23, 2020

Is Chewing Gum Good or Bad for Cavity Prevention?

Filed under: Uncategorized — allheart_dental @ 6:09 pm

Woman chewing sugarless gum to prevent cavities in ArlingtonIt’s common knowledge that regularly brushing your teeth and avoiding eating too much candy are essential for preventing cavities. However, that’s not the only way to reduce your risk of tooth decay! Researchers are beginning to discover that chewing gum may be able to help you keep your smile healthy and strong as well. Read on as your Arlington dentist gets to the bottom of whether gum is good or bad for cavity prevention.

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June 17, 2020

7 Ways to Treat Sensitive Teeth at Home

Filed under: Uncategorized — allheart_dental @ 5:06 pm

Pained man holding popsicle suffers from sensitive teethDo you have sensitive teeth? The Journal of American Dentistry reports that about one in eight people suffer from tooth sensitivity. While many people simply chalk this uncomfortable sensation up to bad luck or bad genetics, there’s a good chance that something in your everyday life is triggering it. Thankfully, there are just as many ways you can easily treat your tooth sensitivity from home! Read on to learn seven of the best ways to keep your smile strong and healthy.

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May 18, 2020

Toothache in Quarantine? 10 Common Pantry Items That Can Help

Filed under: Uncategorized — allheart_dental @ 5:52 pm

Man on couch with ice pack has toothache in quarantineTo help slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly all dental practices have temporarily closed. While many are still treating true dental emergencies, all other non-urgent appointments have been postponed until social distancing orders have been lifted. If you have a mild or moderate toothache that doesn’t require immediate attention, it may be safer for you to treat your symptoms at home until quarantine is over. Here are 10 common household items that can help you manage your tooth pain until your Arlington dentist reopens.

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May 1, 2020

Why Are My Gums Bleeding & What Can I Do About It?

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close up of bleeding gums in need of periodontal therapyDo your gums bleed when you floss or brush your teeth? It can be startling to see blood on your toothbrush or dental floss after using them, but this symptom is often relatively painless on its own. However, your gums may be warning you of a serious underlying issue if they bleed easily. Here’s what might be causing your gums to bleed and what you can do to restore your oral health.

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April 16, 2020

5 Bad Oral Health Habits to Avoid During Quarantine

Filed under: Uncategorized — allheart_dental @ 1:38 am

Concerned woman in quarantine bites her fingernailsIt’s very likely that your day-to-day life looks much different now than it did at the beginning of the year thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. While social distancing is the best way to keep you and your loved ones safe from the coronavirus, you may be more prone to some destructive oral health decisions. The last thing you need during quarantine is a broken tooth! Your Arlington dentist reveals five bad behaviors to avoid while you stay at home and a few good dental habits that can help keep you and your smile safe.

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April 2, 2020

Yellowish Smile? Understanding Tartar & How to Reduce It

Filed under: Uncategorized — allheart_dental @ 9:41 pm

Close up of teeth that need remove tartarYou’ve probably heard your Grand Prairie dentist say that you need to brush your teeth to prevent tartar buildup, but why? Although roughly 68% of adults have at least some tartar on their teeth, many don’t know what this tough substance is or why it needs to be cleaned away. However, if it’s allowed to accumulate on your teeth, it can lead to a dirty-looking smile and a variety of serious oral health concerns. Read on to learn how to remove tartar and keep your smile healthy.

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March 22, 2020

5 Tips for Keeping a Smile-Friendly Diet During Quarantine

Filed under: Uncategorized — allheart_dental @ 12:15 am

Family creates healthy meals at home during quarantineThe best way to keep yourself and your loved ones safe from the current COVID-19 pandemic is to practice social distancing and limit your trips outside. For most of us, staying in quarantine significantly changes nearly every aspect of our life, including our diet. It’s essential that we pay extra attention to our eating habits while we stay inside in order to prevent oral health issues and keep ourselves healthy. Here are five practical tips from your Irving dentist that can help you maintain a delicious and nutritious daily diet in quarantine.

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March 17, 2020

Covid-19 Newsletter

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Infection control procedures are actions taken in health care settings to prevent the spread of disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommendations for dental office infection control. Your dentist cares about your safety and works hard to prevent the spread of infection. Before you enter the examining room, all surfaces, such as the dental chair, dental light, drawer handles, and countertops, have been cleaned and disinfected. Offices may cover some equipment with protective covers, which are replaced after each patient.

Non-disposable items like the dental tools are cleaned and sterilized between patients. Disposable dental tools and needles are never reused. Infection control precautions also require all dental staff involved in patient care to use appropriate protective equipment such as gloves, masks, gowns, and eyewear when needed. After each patient, disposable gloves and masks are thrown away. Before seeing the next patient, everyone on the treatment team washes their hands and put on a new pair of gloves.

Your well-being is important to your dentist and dental staff. That’s why infection control procedures are in place at your dental office.

What about the new coronavirus?

With so many news stories, it’s understandable to be concerned about the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Please know that the precautions your dentist already takes every day to prevent the spread of infection in his or her practice also helps prevent the spread of COVID-19.

If you are ill with flu-like symptoms, you should reschedule your appointment. If you or someone you are in close contact with have recently traveled to one of the countries with large outbreaks of COVID-19 (China, Italy, Iran, South Korea) or if you have been exposed to someone else who was diagnosed with COVID-19 or who was quarantined as a precaution, wait 14 days until you see your dentist to make sure you have not caught the coronavirus.

If you are healthy, there’s no need to cancel your regularly scheduled dental appointment.

It’s important to know that the majority of people infected with the coronavirus experience flu-like symptoms and then recover. Most people do not develop serious respiratory complications. Those most at risk of becoming seriously ill are elderly people and those with underlying medical conditions such as diabetes and kidney disease, among others. Children, thus far, have been largely unaffected.

Here are a few things you can do on your own to help keep yourself and those around you healthy:

  • Wash your hands frequently or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent ethyl alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes or nose to reduce the spread of germs.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow. Infections like the coronavirus spread through the tiny droplets in coughs and sneezes.
  • Stay home if you feel sick. If you have flu-like symptoms or otherwise feel unwell, stay home and rest. Call your dentist to reschedule your appointment for a later date. This will reduce the risk of spreading your illness.

Frequently Asked Questions

1) What are the signs/symptoms and risk factors for COVID-19?
Similar to patients with other flu-like diseases, patients with known COVID-19 have reported mild to severe symptoms which can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Patients may also report a recent trip to China, or a close contact with someone who traveled to China within the past 14 days.

2) Where can I find current, credible information about COVID-19?
CDC’s website includes numerous resources for healthcare workers including:

3) I know it is much more likely that a patient with the flu may come to the office for dental treatment. What are the CDC recommendations for dental staff to receive the flu vaccine?
CDC recommends that all health care workers, including dentists and staff, receive the flu vaccine. Information on CDC’s recommendations for immunization can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/rec-vac/hcw.html.

4) Should staff report to work with acute respiratory symptoms?

  • Staff experiencing influenza‐like‐illness (ILI) (fever with either cough or sore throat,  muscle aches) should not report to work.
  • Staff who experience ILI and wish to seek medical care should contact their health care providers to report illness (by telephone or other remote means) before seeking care at a  clinic, physician’s office, or hospital.
  • Staff who have difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, or are believed to be severely ill,  should seek immediate medical attention.

Summary

Respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette infection control measures along with contact precautions are currently recommended for preventing transmission of COVID-19 and all flu-like illnesses in a dental healthcare setting. CDC continues to monitor activity relating to COVID-19 and is coordinating efforts with health departments in Arizona, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Washington, and Wisconsin and communicating with the World Health Organization. This is an evolving situation and CDC is updating its guidance and information as it becomes available.

Brought to you by the ADA Practice Institute. For more information, please contact the Center for Dental Practice at dentalpractice@ada.org or 312-440-2895

March 11, 2020

How to Handle Small Dental Emergencies at Home During COVID-19

Filed under: Uncategorized — allheart_dental @ 8:43 pm

Woman holding hand to her face thinking about dental emergenciesTo slow the spread of the coronavirus, non-essential businesses have been temporarily closed and people are being asked to stay at home. Most dental practices are keeping their offices as germ-free as possible so they can continue to accept emergency appointments. However, there are some situations you can manage at home until you can see your dentist after quarantine. Here’s how to handle dental emergencies while keeping yourself safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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February 29, 2020

Have a Mouth Piercing? Here’s How to Protect Your Oral Health

Filed under: Uncategorized — allheart_dental @ 1:59 am

Young girl showing off her oral piercing, tongue piercingLip, cheek, and tongue piercings are a unique way to express yourself. While all types of body piercings require extra care, mindfulness is especially important for oral piercings. If treated recklessly, you risk oral infection, broken teeth, and even larger health issues. Here are some important ways to protect your oral health if you choose this form of self-expression.

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